All, I have a unique task to complete.
I have 2 cnc routers (3-axis). One runs absolute coordinates (every point from 0), the other runs Incremental (each point from previous point).
I have a template with the layout of the machine zero and work table as a sketch in a part file. (for the incremental machine)
What I want to do, is read a cnc program, which is just a text file - line by line.
extract out the X and Y coordinates ... then create a sketch in solidworks and map out the coordinates. I can then use that to position in my template, and extract the coordinates to program into the other machine.
I have to do this - when transferring a program from one machine (that broke down) to the other machine.
We don't have a post processor for one machine, but do for the other - so most programs get written for the machine with the post.
any suggestions on how to get started?
I use VB 2010 - and have some familiarity. beyond that - not knowing to create an outside app or an internal plugin into solidowrks - and how to create a sketch from vb.
I look forward to your responses.